Plaudits for bus commitment
A bus company providing long-time support for East Grampians Health Service projects and schemes has won community and industry accolades for its commitment.
Christians Bus Company in Ararat has for many years helped the health service with annual money-raising events.
Women attending cancer Breastscreen clinics and riders and support crew members in the health group’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay teams have been major beneficiaries of the Christians Bus Company approach.
One of the latest examples of support included the transport of a group of women from Ararat to Breastscreen in Ballarat. The bus company provided free transport on the day for participants.
Breastscreen is a free mammogram service for women between 50 and 74.
Breastscreen Victoria health-promotion officer Marg Lannen said the organisation appreciated the generous support of Christians Bus Company.
“Breastscreen also thanks staff at East Grampians Health Service for their invaluable support in co-ordinating these appointments,” she said.
“Providing this service means more women from the Ararat area can access potentially life-saving free breast screens.”
Christians has also provided two buses free of charge to transport riders and support crew on the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay. This year the East Grampians Murray to Moyne Relay project raised $27,900 for the health service.
Murray to Moyne team captain Alan Young said participants were ‘very’ grateful of the Christians Bus Company support.
“Having comfortable and reliable transport during what is a gruelling ride for our cyclists means a lot,” he said.
“Without the support of businesses such as Christians we would not raise the significant sums of money for East Grampians Health Service that we have over the past 20-plus years.
“We are also lucky to have the support of retired Christians’ bus drivers who volunteer their time to transport our teams.”